Speakers

2017 Speakers

Daren Blomquist – Keynote Speaker

Daren Blomquist – Keynote Speaker

Sr. Vice President of Communication, ATTOM Data Solutions

Eddie Wilson – Emcee

Eddie Wilson – Emcee

President, Affinity Worldwide

Pete Asmus

Pete Asmus

CEO, GreenZone Properties

Nema Daghbandan, ESQ.

Nema Daghbandan, ESQ.

Partner, Geraci Law Firm

Mike Hanna

Mike Hanna

CEO, Investmark Mortgage

Jonathan Hornik

Jonathan Hornik

Founding Partner, Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Roca

Kellen Jones

Kellen Jones

Chief Strategic Officer, Cache Private Capital

Sam Kaddah

Sam Kaddah

Owner/CEO, Liquid Logics

Erica LaCentra

Erica LaCentra

Marketing Manager, RCN Capital

Melissa Martorella, ESQ

Melissa Martorella, ESQ

Associate, Geraci Law Firm

Bobby Montagne

Bobby Montagne

CEO, Walnut Street Finance

Susan Naftulin

Susan Naftulin

President, Rehab Financial Group

AJ Poulin

AJ Poulin

Vice President of Sales, The Mortgage Office

Jeffrey Tesch

Jeffrey Tesch

Managing Director, RCN Capital

Shawn Woedl

Shawn Woedl

Vice President, National Real Estate Insurance Group

Highlighted Speakers

Daren Blomquist – Keynote Speaker

Daren Blomquist – Keynote Speaker

Sr. Vice President of Communication, ATTOM Data Solutions

Daren Blomquist is Senior Vice President of Communications at ATTOM Data Solutions (formerly RealtyTrac), where he directs ATTOM Media, a division of the company that publishes original real estate reports sourced from the ATTOM Data Warehouse, the nation’s most comprehensive property database.

ATTOM Media real estate reports are cited by thousands of media outlets nationwide — including all the major news networks and leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA TODAY. Daren has been quoted in hundreds of national and local publications and has appeared on many national network broadcasts, including CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business and Bloomberg.

Daren is also executive editor of the Housing News Report, a monthly newsletter published by ATTOM Data Solutions and named best newsletter by the National Association of Real Estate Editors in 2015 and 2016.

Prior to becoming senior vice president of communications in 2016, Daren held several positions with the company over the years, starting out as a member services representative, then managing the customer service team before becoming marketing communications manager in 2005, director of marketing communications in 2010, and vice president in 2012.

A graduate of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, Daren lives in Mission Viejo, California.

Eddie Wilson – Emcee

Eddie Wilson – Emcee

President, Affinity Worldwide

Wilson graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in broadcast sales and marketing. He also studied marketing at Georgia Tech and business management at Emory University. He is most known for elevating a talk radio station in Atlanta to the level of “Most Listened to Station in the World” (Radio and Records Magazine, 2002). He has owned his own advertising agency and worked with clients including Pepsi, P&G, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Mall America. He is now the president of AEG Corporation and speaks at venues across the country including well-known universities on topics such as branding, marketing, and innovation in business.
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Pete Asmus

Pete Asmus

CEO, GreenZone Properties

Pete Asmus is a real estate investor who specializes in marketing, branding, and raising capital. He has a well-established history of securing capital for
projects such as flipping high-end residential properties and creating small businesses. He has personally purchased and invested in mobile homes, single-family homes, restaurant franchises, and commercial buildings.

Pete has spent the last decade learning, teaching, and speaking, making connections and building relationships with top deal makers in the industry.
He has always been driven to build platforms and strategies that he not only could personally invest in, but that would also provide opportunities for other investors. His achievements have come with both successes and challenges, challenges that Pete has used to prove that he has the ability to not only survive the storm, but thrive.

A strong proponent of transparency and openness, Pete always includes his investors (who he prefers to call his partners) in his decisions. When he formed The Asmus Group and its many subsidiaries, it was always his primary focus to take care of and look out for his investors, aiming at all times to create truly win/win relationships and business models.

Nema Daghbandan, ESQ.

Nema Daghbandan, ESQ.

Partner, Geraci Law Firm

Daghbandan’s practice encompasses all facets of real estate transactions. He represents lenders, brokers, all aspects of loan documents for commercial, residential, construction, multi-family, servicing agreements, spread agreements, assignments (of all types), leases, lien releases, procurement agreements, inter-creditor agreements and subordination agreements throughout the country. Daghbandan also leads the firm’s non-judicial foreclosure practice and advises clients on all default related matters. He has closed hundreds of millions of dollars in loans throughout the country.
Geraci Law Firm

Mike Hanna

Mike Hanna

CEO, Investmark Mortgage

Hanna is a real estate investor, hard money lender, mentor, and public speaker. He has been an active real estate investor since 2002 in both single family and multi-family properties and has been in the hard money business since 2005. Altogether, he has completed over 1000 transactions. He is the group leader of one of the premier real estate mastermind groups in North Texas. Hanna is a member of the American Association of Private Lenders (AAPL), is a Certified Private Lender and is a member of the AAPL Ethics Advisory Committee. He is also the owner/principal of Investmark Mortgage, LLC, an award winning hard money lender with offices in North Texas and Central Texas. Hanna is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Investmark Mortgage

Jonathan Hornik

Jonathan Hornik

Founding Partner, Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Roca

Jonathan Hornik is a founding partner in the law firm of Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha (LHRG&B) where he serves as co-chair of the Real Estate and Finance Department. His practice concentrates in the financing, investment and acquisition, and generation of mortgages, mortgage pools as well as other real estate and commercial transactions.
Hornik has successfully handled many significant financing, real estate and other corporate transactions throughout his career. He advises his clients in all aspects of transactional real estate and corporate matters, to include private placement memorandums, subscription agreements, limited liability companies, acquisition and disposition of properties, businesses and other assets, operation and financing of projects, stock and asset purchases, institutional investments, credit facilities, joint ventures, partnerships, commercial lending and leasing. Hornik developed specific expertise in workouts, the restructuring of loan transactions, advising clients on the restructuring and disposition of loans and distressed real estate in and out of the foreclosure process. Prior to joining LHRG&B as partner, Hornik was vice president and general counsel of one of the nation’s largest direct private lenders. He is an acknowledged expert in deal structuring and negotiation. LHRG&B is a business oriented full service Wall Street law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey.
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Kellen Jones

Kellen Jones

Chief Strategic Officer, Cache Private Capital

KJones is the COO of Cache Private Capital and is responsible for creating, communicating, executing and sustaining all primary operations within CPC. He is responsible for critical functions such as advising on company product development, internal lending procedures, ensuring a healthy loan pipeline, meeting company loan objectives and bringing new strategic initiatives to the company. Jones’ ability to tap into his creativity, strategic ability and management skills have positively impacted lending modalities from streamlining private lending systems, placement of funds to the effectiveness of exit strategies.
Jones’ broad array of experience includes an in-depth knowledge of land development, commercial and residential properties, retail leasing, raw land and several other non-conventional assets. Over the past decade Jones has managed a $150 million collateral disposition team and played a pivotal role in the implementation of over $750 million in private loan transactions. He holds an appointment on the American Association of Private Lenders Ethics Advisory Committee through 2017.
Cache Private Capital

Sam Kaddah

Sam Kaddah

Owner/CEO, Liquid Logics

Kaddah is an entrepreneurial business leader with a broad-based background in leading firms through complex environments. A strategic thinker and effective communicator, he formerly served Ernst & Young as their director of global operations and technology leadership. He was a director at GE Transportation and CTO for First Horizon’s subprime lending division, bringing their proprietary LOS and AUS system online. Co-workers call him an inspiring leader with experience in mergers & acquisitions, emerging technology, ERP, Six Sigma, and global operations. His career has been characterized by providing leadership to meet business objectives of efficiency and revenue, while maintaining outcome quality. Kaddah founded Liquid Logics in 2004.
Liquid Logics

Erica LaCentra

Erica LaCentra

Marketing Manager, RCN Capital

LaCentra is responsible for planning, developing and implementing RCN Capital’s strategic marketing plan. Joining the company in 2013, her efforts have rapidly expanded RCN’s customer base and elevated the company to a national brand. LaCentra handles the creation of the company’s traditional and digital media, the management of paid search advertising, social media marketing and email marketing as well as the coordination of tradeshow sponsorships and event involvement. Erica holds a B.S. in advertising with a minor in advertising design from Suffolk University.
RCN Capital

Melissa Martorella, ESQ

Melissa Martorella, ESQ

Associate, Geraci Law Firm

Martorella joined Geraci Law Firm as an associate attorney in the banking and finance section in August 2015. Martorella’s experience includes representing lenders and brokers, preparing commercial, residential, and construction loan documents, as well as drafting assignments, extensions, modifications, and subordination agreements. She also has experience assisting with negotiating the terms of transactions, drafting custom language, and closing loans. Martorella has prepared loan documents for transactions all over the country and adheres to the compliance of state-specific laws.
Geraci Law Firm

Bobby Montagne

Bobby Montagne

CEO, Walnut Street Finance

Bobby Montagne is a real estate entrepreneur with three decades of experience in commercial and residential property development, finance and sales. Having successfully overseen billions in career transactions, he is among an elite class of private real estate lenders that has consistently delivered high-quality returns to partners and investors.
A native of Fairfax, VA, Bobby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with Honors from George Mason University and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Tech. He serves on the American Association of Private Lenders’ Ethics Advisory Committee.

Susan Naftulin

Susan Naftulin

President, Rehab Financial Group

Naftulin is the co-founder and current president of Rehab Financial Group, LP. Prior to forming RFG, she held several senior management positions in the mortgage industry to include general counsel, managing attorney, COO and senior vice president for both privately and publicly held mortgage lenders. In each of these positions, Naftulin was responsible for multiple aspects of the company such as loan origination and documentation, licensing and regulatory compliance, servicing, default management, litigation management and human resources. Prior to entering the mortgage industry, she was a creditors’ rights attorney with the Philadelphia law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. She obtained her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and has two B.A. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, in history and the other in secondary education.
Naftulin also serves on the American Association of Private Lenders Ethics Advisory Committee where she continuously upholds the real estate industry’s values and supports professional conduct in private lending.
Rehab Financial

AJ Poulin

AJ Poulin

Vice President of Sales, The Mortgage Office

Poulin assisted with the implementation of the Applied Business Software’s (ABS), The Mortgage Office loan servicing software for hundreds of companies around the globe. His list of clients includes the “who’s who” of private lenders in the U.S. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a focus on computer software. Prior to ABS, Poulin wrote software at General Electric for defense contracts and his projects included the F-16 Fighter Jet, the Apache Attack Helicopter and the M-1 Tank.
The Mortgage Office

Jeffrey Tesch

Jeffrey Tesch

Managing Director, RCN Capital

Tesch is responsible for the day-to-day operations of RCN Capital LLC, to include sales growth initiatives, underwriting review with compliance oversight and leadership of senior level strategic planning. Joining the company in 2010, Tesch led efforts to develop a national brand in private lending with the best practices and transparent products for a diverse customer base. Since RCN’s inception, he has personally underwritten over 1,630 loans and overseen more than $335 million in originations. Tesch’s previous real estate experience was as an investor in both commercial and residential properties, ranging from single family homes to commercial retail centers. Jeff currently serves as a member of the American Association of Private Lenders’ (AAPL) Ethics Advisory Committee.
RCN Capital

Shawn Woedl

Shawn Woedl

Vice President, National Real Estate Insurance Group

Woedl, the vice president of National Real Estate Insurance Group (NREIG) is an industry-recognized speaker and educator with an emphasis in commercial property. Prior to committing to growing NREIG into the largest and most profitable insurance program in the country, Woedl spent the previous seven years with CORE Insurance Group, specializing in large habitational risks nationwide.
National Real Estate Insurance Group